called to the Nazareth Restaurant on the northeast side at about
6 p.m. EST, after reports an armed man was attacking people in
The suspect fled and police caught up with him about five miles
away, authorities said. He was armed with a machete and knife
and lunged at a police officer before he was fatally shot, media
said, citing law enforcement officials.
At least five people inside the Middle Eastern-food restaurant
were hurt, including one person who was in critical condition,
The suspect had walked into the restaurant and argued with an
employee before leaving, returning with the machete a short time
later and attacking customers, police said.
The attack appeared to be random.
"There was no rhyme or reason as to who he was going after,”
Columbus Police Department spokesman Sergeant Rich Weiner told
The FBI was also investigating, the Columbus Dispatch newspaper
reported. Weiner said that restaurant employees and customers
have said they did not recognize the attacker.
The name of the machete-wielding suspect and the wounded have
not been released.
(Reporting by Mary Wisniewski in Chicago and Victoria Cavaliere
in Los Angeles; Editing by Bernard Orr and Nick Macfie)
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